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Intro: life and experiences in Europe

Traveling in Europe

  • Europe is still vacation destination number one for a lot of people in the world.
  • After a vacation at home, France and Spain quickly emerge as top destinations. They are almost a model for everything Europe has to offer with rustic (camping) surroundings, beautiful mountain areas, large lakes, a beautiful coast, lots of culture and culinary delights.
  • Those who want more or something different can head out to the far north in Scandinavia, visit the Balkans or hit the Greek islands.
  • The classic among first-time travelers, or among Australians and Americans, is the “Europe in one month” trip.

Living in Europe

  • Language: almost every country has its own language or accent, those who want to integrate will have to learn about the local language and culture.
  • Living climate: countries that score high with expats and emigrants are, in order: Spain, Portugal, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and Greece.
  • Health care: the quality of health care in most countries is comparable to that of the Netherlands good.
  • Health care costs: once you start working in another country, your Dutch health insurance often expires, then you will have to get insurance locally (and not everywhere coverage is comparable to that in the Netherlands). Seek advice on insurance policies that provide adequate coverage for proper care and also repatriation in case of emergency.
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This deep fried flatbread is a common street food in Hungary where it is served warm with sour cream and grated cheese, rubbed with garlic or garlic butter, or doused with garlic water. Instructions

  1. In a mug dissolve the salt in the water. In a bowl combine the sifted flour with the yeas...

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TransferWise biedt een Mastercard betaalkaart om (bijna) grenzeloos te betalen. Backpackers kunnen betalen en ontvangen in verschillende landen en valuta’s vanaf een account. De grenzeloze bankrekening en betaalkaart zorgt ervoor dat reizigers geld kunnen uitgeven, versturen of bewaren alsof z...

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1. What are the issues to bear in mind when emigrating?

  • Keep track of the emigration process; for example write down what to do and what you are going through in an emigration diary.
  • Make use of the media and guidebooks when researching possible destinations.
  • Get an i...

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1. What are the issues to bear in mind when emigrating?

  • Keep track of the emigration process; for example write down what to do and what you are going through in an emigration diary.
  • Make use of the media and guidebooks when researching possible destinations.
  • Get an i...

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Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of salted water until very soft. Drain and set to one side to cool down and steam dry. Once cool, mash until smooth.
  2. Put the cold mashed potato into a large bowl. Add the flour, egg and a good pinch of sa...

placki - polish pancake

Using the coarse side of a box grater, grate the potatoes and place them into a sieve or colander over a bowl. Using the finer side of the grater, grate the onion and add it to the potato. Using the back of a spoon, or even your hands, squeeze out any excess water/juice from the potatoes and onion....

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When traveling is your hobby and want to keep your personal stuff safe in the airplane, train, bus, boat or when u sleep in a hostel. Use a travelsafe! Find out what kind of travelsafe is usefull for you, click here!  

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Liberation day is one of the biggest festival days in the Netherlands. On this day, the 5th of May, we celebrate our liberation from the German occupation during the second worldwar. This day has been a day of celebration ever since. Whereas before the celebrations took place every five years, now t...

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